If he’s uncomfortable with victory, it should not surprise us that he’s unwilling to call a war a war.
Equally unsurprising is that he refuses the mantle of leadership required for the legitimate exercise of the power he abuses.
Obama ditches Oval for speech
An address from the Oval Office has at least three problems for President Obama. Among other things, it implies the nation is at war — and if there is one thing the administration is rather emphatic about, it’s that we are involved in a limited military action in Libya, not a war.
“The Oval Office calls to mind too many other images,” said Stephen Hess, a presidential scholar at the Brookings Institution. “When you are going to war, you do the Oval — if you claim it’s not a war, you don’t.”